WHEN FANTASY BASEBALL HURTS
This story is a killer.
You know fantasy baseball has gotten out of hand when a big-league player asks a teammate to hit Jeff Kent with a pitch because it would help his fantasy team.
This actually happened … more than a dozen years ago.
Former pitcher Tom Candiotti recently told the San Francisco Chronicle about the sorry plot he concocted in the early 1990s.
“It’s ’92 or ’93,” said Candiotti, now a radio-TV analyst for the Diamondbacks. “I’m playing for the Dodgers; Jeff Kent is with the Mets. I’m in a fantasy baseball league. I don’t have Kent on my team, and he’s off to a torrid start and he’s killing me.”
Before a game against the Mets in New York, with Ramon Martinez warming up for the Dodgers, Candiotti tells pitching coach Ron Perranoski, loudly enough for Martinez to hear, “Perry, I just talked to (Mets pitcher) Bret Saberhagen, and Sabes told me that if Kent gets drilled his first time up, he’s mush for the rest of the series.”
In the first inning, Candiotti said, “Ramon just absolutely buries one in Kent’s ribs. It was so bad that he went down on one knee, and he had to come out of the game. I sat there thinking, `What did [I] just do? [I] told a complete lie. [I] got this guy drilled!’”
After that, Candiotti retired from fantasy baseball.
“That was end of my fantasy days,” he said. “It was out of control.”